A site map is a model showing how the contents of a website are organized and linked together from the home page and from anywhere on the site. The site map should not be confused with the navigation menu; though it may be presented similar to it.
Each box in the site map represents a specific page, a post archive page, a section of the home page, a link or a media. Note that not all external (outbound) links are presented in the site map.
Initially, there are 16
22 pages — 14 20 static pages and 2 post archive pages — that need to be recreated and redesigned. The post archive pages, though are generated by the system when called, also require creative designing. (Ed. I have combined all 7 pages related to Give A Gift Today into just one page.)
Notes to the Site Map
- About is a major menu item that hovering it shows the sub-menu items. Clicking About on the menu goes to the About section of the home page which has a link to the Our Story page. Contents of the About and Our Story pages of the old site are merged into one Our Story page.
- What We Offer refers to programs of EAPI. On the menu, it is titled What We Offer. Clicking it on the menu directs the user to the What We Offer (programs) section of the home page. Hovering it displays the sub-menu items. The programs are also listed on the sidebar.
- Each program on the old site comprised two pages: a selling page and its details. The proposed site combined the two pages into one. Thus, the content of PLMM and PLMM details of the old site were merged into one PLMM page.
- The Sabbatical Residential Program on the menu opens the SRE page.
- The Academic Programs on the menu opens the STL page, which has a link to the LST website.
- Life in EAPI goes to the Testimonies section of the home page, which has a link to the Testimonies post archive. Testimonies are post items under the category (label) Testimonies.
- Update. Added a page Programs List, which is independent from all other pages. I have found that a program list is necessary for SEO purposes in case when someone searches for EAPI programs, the search result will point to the program list instead of to a specific program page.
- Update. Schedule widget (white box). The schedule widget displays the schedule of classes. It is necessary that interested individuals to have quick access to the schedule of classes, not only from the home page, but also on select pages of the site. This is not a separate page but only a simple storage of dates that the administrator can edit each time there is a change in the schedule of classes. This reusable set of data can be displayed on any page. Its advantage is that the administrator does not have to edit every page where the dates are shown. He only has to edit one source, which is the widget, ensuring that every page shows exactly the same dates.
- Journal links to a specific page with a link to Asia-Pacific Mission Studies.
- News and Events are post items. By default, all post items will be categorized as news and events unless labeled otherwise.
- Update. 27 Jan. On the old site, there were 7 pages related to Give A Gift Today. For the reason that, the contents on the individual pages were really short, I decided to write them all on one page. Thus, from 22 pages, I have reduced the pages to 16.
- Contact Us links to the Contact section of the home page. Tested to be working. Set the recipient admission[at]eapi[.]org[.]ph to receive messages.
- Links to respective Facebook and Twitter pages. This social media links are shown on the Footer section.
Structure of the Old Site
The existing site – eapi.org.ph – contains 318 static pages; it does not contain any posts. Not all of these pages may exist on the new site; but only those outlined by EAPI.
There is one page that is almost empty; a duplicate perhaps of the STL page linked only to the course on the home page but not through the navigation menu.
There were four dead links, three of which were download links.
To compare, this file shows the site map (pdf) that I reconstructed for the old site – eapi.org.ph. Note that all other information on this file had been revised.
Difference between a page and a post
A page contains information that is likely to be permanent or relevant for a longer period such as a company profile or its history. A post is like a journal entry that is time-related, less permanent and may become irrelevant through a short time, eg a news item.
- Constructed site maps of eapi.org.ph and eapionline.org; and submitted to the client for understanding of the changes that I will make on the new site. The site map of eapionline.org presents the scope of my work as far as contents are concerned.
- Next move — content writing.